Monday, May 23, 2022 

4 tweets by Ron Marz

Looks like pretentious and aggravating scriptwriter Marz continues his far-left journey after all these years, as he posted the following in the past few days: So only news programs could possibly cause violence in youth, not the entertainment medium? About what you could possibly expect somebody who's contributed at least a few of the most notorious moments in comics history, like the Major Force fridging Alexandra deWitt scene in Green Lantern, to say. Yet one can only wonder if Marz would appreciate that a writer for the Federalist is arguing that children shouldn't be watching news reports about mass shootings, because it can be bad for their mental health? Sadly, I get the feeling he wouldn't thank the site, based on their conservative leanings. He later wrote: So here, he opportunistically blames conservatives in every way for the actions of a violent maniac in Buffalo, New York, but refuses to blame the state's disastrous law enforcement as it stands now for anything bad that's happened in the past number of years, ever since Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo really set things on a collision course for a fiasco. Why are men like Marz so lacking in ability to level any criticism against Democrats who enable these situations? And then: And with his insult to Matt Gaetz, he implies he believes only conservatives could've possibly leaked info regarding a possible SCOTUS decision to reverse Roe vs. Wade. On which note, why does somebody who supposedly complains about violent crimes occurring at supermarkets suddenly have a problem with people who oppose abortion? Life isn't valuable? There's a whole plurality in the USA public who're opposed to abortion for valid reasons. He'd do well to consider that. And here's an insult Marz wrote against author Jordan Peterson: Wow, and here, Marz sides with those who think obesity is literally a good, healthy influence for women. In that case, why'd he ever write comics where leading ladies were hot? Let us be clear. Obesity is unhealthy, risks illness for the heart, and can be even worse for women than men in some cases. And if we're going to let political correctness entirely impede upon our ability to educate why good health is beneficial, then all this is going to do is result in more health problems everywhere. I won't say Peterson was perfect in how he approached this whole issue, but again, that's no excuse for obscuring health issues and invalidating them.

All these years on, and Marz still proves to be one of the biggest leftists around. And while not unexpected, it's still very sad.

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Saturday, May 21, 2022 

Scientific mixtures

Chemical & Engineering News wrote about how science is employed in comics, and how it can be put to use in education as well:
This Newscriptster has always loved a good fantasy epic or sci-fi adventure as an escape from ordinary reality. But sometimes it’s fun to mix fantasy and reality. In fact, there’s a whole subgenre of science communication exploring how stuff from books and movies stacks up against real-world science.

“Movies are cool, everybody’s watching those, everybody can talk about them,” says Ricardo Castro, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of California, Davis. He’s taught an intro-level engineering class based on Marvel comics and movies since 2016. Bringing his love of superheroes into his lectures “opened a whole new universe” for connecting with students—especially those who wouldn’t normally sign up for an engineering course.

One of the materials Castro discusses in his class is vibranium: the main component of Captain America’s shield and Black Panther’s suit and part of a long-standing tradition of miraculous metals in fantasy and sci-fi that are superstrong but lightweight. Discussions about real-world analogs often start with titanium, which is about as strong as steel but half as dense, then move on to talking about composites and alloys in which small amounts of other elements can add strength to a metal without changing the weight much.
Read more at the site. It's certainly an impressive way to put fantasy to use in discussing science, yet a terrible shame the modern comics starring these protagonists don't live up to expectations, which would make it a lot more engaging, and even the movies are beginning to come apart at the seams. That's why I hope the guy just employs older stories in his classes for the educational ingredients. It's far better to do it that way.

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Friday, May 20, 2022 

New comic biography based on Ukrainian president Zelensky

The Jerusalem Post's announced there's a new comics biography special from Tidal Wave about the life of Ukraine's 6th modern president, Volodymyr Zelensky:
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky's life story - from comedian to war-time leader - has been given the graphic novel treatment in TidalWave Comics' latest biography, "Political Power: Volodymyr Zelensky." [...]

"This book means a lot to me because of my Ukrainian heritage," US-based publisher Darren G. Davis said in a statement.

"Both sets of my grandparents immigrated from Ukraine. I wanted to use this medium to not only tell a story but to somehow donate to the cause at the same time."
While I'm sure this could have potential, depending what issues they're willing to raise, this is still the same publisher that to date refused to do any illustrated biographies of Melania Trump, and no matter how sincere Davis is being when it comes to his own heritage, it's regrettable if he's not willing to be altruistic when it comes to other notable figures. No doubt, even now, Davis' outfit is unwilling to serve up respectable biographies of certain figures on the right in the west, and while this bio of Zelensky may offer some insight into what's wrong with Russia, now that Vladimir Putin's waged war upon Ukraine, what if Tidal Wave's never published an honest look at what's wrong with the Islamic religion, let alone a bio of figures like filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, who was murdered by a jihadist in the Netherlands for daring to produce a documentary about Islam with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. One of the worst things about the political correctness that's befallen comicdom as much as the rest of the US entertainment industry is that it would no longer be possible to create characters like Captain America today, because in sharp contrast to the WW2 era, there's only so many leftists in such industries who in sharp contrast to yesterday's, are no longer willing to defend freedom's advocates. And if Tidal Wave won't develop comics bios of figures like Van Gogh, they've only proven what's gone wrong in modern times.

Producing a comic bio based on Zelensky is welcome, but if they're only willing to work on "safe" subjects, that spoils everything, and proves they're not sincere in their intent and beliefs.

Update: here's an extra article about the Jewish elements provided in this Tidal Wave publication.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022 

If this is where Scarlet Witch is headed in future movies, it's another reason to avoid the Marvel film franchise

IGN's posted more needless speculations about where the Marvel movie machine could be churning next, and gives some more reasons why this whole franchise should be avoided. First:
Multiverse of Madness ends as a heroic Wanda brings down the Scarlet Witch’s temple onto herself. Eagle-eyed fans noticed a red flash, and that combined with the fact that we didn’t see a body has folks speculating about Wanda Maximoff’s survival. Similar to how Hulk won’t let Bruce Banner die and the Phoenix Force protects Jean Grey from harm, Wanda’s Scarlet Witch persona is unlikely to go down without a fight. Thankfully, the comics could hold the key to how Wanda fits into the future of the world’s highest-grossing franchise.
Or maybe they couldn't. For now, Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness certainly doesn't, seeing how it depicts Wanda murdering people, going far beyond what was seen in Avengers: Disassembled and House of M. Why do they think she's depicted "heroically" in view of that characterization? And on that note, here's where their news turns really sickening, and sums up why this film franchise is best shunned:
Olsen herself has said she’d love to say the legendary “no more mutants” line in the MCU, which is a nod to House of M’s catastrophic events. Even though a lot of that 2005 arc has been adapted across WandaVision and Multiverse of Madness, the depowering of mutantkind that occurs as a result of that line seems like too popular a storyline for the movies to not cover in some form eventually. In terms of dealing with Wanda’s family troubles, House of M is also a way to (re-)introduce major characters including Magneto and Quicksilver into the MCU. Avengers Disassembled ends with a catatonic Wanda being taken to Genosha under the care of Professor X and Magneto, while House of M picks up with the latter warning that her reality-warping powers need to be stopped with a permanent solution.
Well how about that, Olsen is okay with a controversial storyline that didn't appeal to all Marvel fans 17 years ago. Something IGN clearly wants left down the memory hole, and they take no objective view of the storyline either.
One thing is clear: We’re far from finished with Wanda and her potential as the Scarlet Witch. Alongside those continued rumors of a Young Avengers project and a Scarlet Witch standalone, there’s also the Kathryn Hahn-led Agatha: House of Darkness spin-off in the works. WandaVision ended with Maximoff saying she’d know where to find Agatha if she ever needed her, and a role for Olsen or her onscreen sons in that series could neatly queue a riff on The Children’s Crusade. Going with the tried and true trope of “if you don’t see a body,” someone is sure to be digging Wanda out of the Mount Wundagore rubble. It doesn’t take the brainpower of Professor Xavier to figure out the MCU isn’t done with Ms. Maximoff just yet.
I'm afraid the potential was destroyed after the scriptwriters began turning Wanda into a lethal villainess. This is repellent, and IGN's refusal to approach the topic through an objective lens only worsens the affair. Most infuriarating is how they threw away the potential for depicting a serious romance and partnership in crimefighting between Wanda and a boyfriend who's a superhero (or even a civilian co-star, something past writers may never have tried developing to pair with Wanda), all for the sake of depicting Scarlet Witch in a sterile role of a villainess that doesn't need serious work in character development. A problem that's occurred in mainstream comics in several cases before, where, if the writers/editors don't want to depict an honest character in a story where he/she will need the challenge of character growth and focus in writing, they'll instead put them in the one-dimensional role of somebody turning evil. It's a brand of cheap sensationalism that's become a quite an Achilles Heel in mainstream comicdom, if you know where to look (I remember Magenta, a former girlfriend of Wally West when he was Kid Flash, pretty much fell victim to the trope as well), and something that's got to stop.

And with that told, I just discovered another bit of eyebrow raising info about the Dr. Strange sequel that reeks of tasteless moral equivalence. I was reading Wikimedia manager Danny Horn's Superheroes Every Day site, where he posted a review of the movie, and, while I may not agree with him on everything, it seems he's revealed something involving America Chavez that even the most left-wing apologists for the film don't seem dismayed at in their gushy reviews:
On her jacket, America is wearing an up-to-date queer pride flag pin, which nobody remarks upon and is not important. There is no romantic plotline for her; the only romantic story thread in the movie is Stephen and Christine, which they invited me to care about and I declined.

They do mention her two moms, which is nice, but they instantly die and have nothing to do with the rest of the movie, so “kill your lesbians” is still alive and well in our corner of the multiverse.

I read that Saudi Arabia asked Disney to distribute a cut that didn’t include the 12 seconds of America’s two moms, and Disney told them to go pound sand, so they didn’t release the movie in Saudi Arabia. That’s great and I’m happy that they stood up to anti-queer censorship, but the fact that the queerness all took place during 12 seconds that could easily be excised with no impact on the plot is still irksome, and I am irked by it.
Let me guess. Wanda's the guilty party in assassinating the two moms along with various other civilians, right? Next thing you know, we'll discover the filmmakers secretly wrote Wanda as a metaphor for an extreme right-winger. Either way, this part of the screenplay sure reeks of tasteless moral equivalence. Even if the same-sex parenthood emphasized in all of 12 seconds is a poor example, that still doesn't justify wiping out the 2 moms. It reminds me that I'd done studies on tropes and stereotypes in classic TV over past years, and as I've written a few times before, there's entertainment writers who were far more willing to subject lesbians to roles like committing murder (and I still shudder at the memory of an atrocious episode from Nash Bridges where something like that occurred), while male homosexuals, by contrast, were hardly ever depicted in criminal roles since the mid-70s, and if they were, it was very sparing and non-committal. There were some reports several years back about TV shows where lesbians are wiped out, and if this new movie is any indication, a trope that's anti-female is still very prevalent in Hollywood and other entertainment mediums. I get the feeling that, if the same-sex parents in the Multiverse of Madness screenplay had been a pair of men, and a son instead of a daughter, it'd never have made it past the screenwriting committee at Marvel Studios. That's basically "male privilege" for you, here in the form of a studio division producing comics movies and TV shows.

And if they're wondering why it was so common, well gee, why don't they blame the leftists who've greenlighted such a crude bias? They're the reason why there's so many inconsistent standards applied in how certain types of people are portrayed in showbiz, and why women continue to suffer unfair treatment, even long after the Harvey Weinstein scandal made headlines.

And if the steep 2nd week drop in box office receipts is any suggestion, this proves that if Marvel Studios was hoping to please everyone, they failed, because it's impossible to please everyone when you adhere to political correctness.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 

Actress from 1st Dr. Strange movie convicted of sexual abuse along with her husband while film's sequel drops steeply at box office on 2nd week

Breitbart's reported the UK actress Zara Phythian, who along with her husband were both charged by UK authorities with sexually abusing an underaged girl, was convicted by the British court overseeing the case:
British film actress Zara Phythian – who appeared in Doctor Strange alongside Benedict Cumberbatch – has been found guilty of grooming and sexually abusing a girl in tandem with her husband Victor Marke.

The latter was also found to have sexually abused another girl on his own.

The Times reports Phythian, who is 37, was found guilty of 14 sexual offences at Nottingham Crown Court while her husband, who is 59, was found guilty of 18.
As I'd said before, this won't reflect well on the first Dr. Strange movie going forward, when there's a performer in a notable role there who committed a serious crime in real life, leaving the film tainted by her actions. Come to think of it, this could also look bad for Disney as the owner of the franchise, viewed in context of where they're going today. Not many movies and TV shows end up getting tarnished this fast within just a few years, but this is certainly a standout example of one such film, and comes off far worse than the case of actress Amber Heard smearing Johnny Depp, embarrassing the Aquaman movie with her behavior behind the scenes.

Now since the movies based on the Sorcerer Supreme are in discussion, it's fascinating to discover that, while Multiverse of Madness may have opened with a lot of money in its first week, it appears to have plunged very low in its second, according to the following date from The Direct:
Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness grossed $16.7 million on Friday, dropping a steep 81% from the $90.7 million earned domestically during its opening day. This marks the second-worst second Friday drop for an MCU movie. Projections have the film dropping around 65%-69% this second weekend, eyeing a gross of $60-$65 million.
As much as it wasn't great to hear it took in money at all, considering how pretentious it already is, what with the way Scarlet Witch is portrayed, this does suggest audiences are beginning to wake up to how overrated these live action films were to start with. Deadline Hollywood, however, remains superficial in their estimations why it's taken a dive:
Doctor Strange 2‘s second weekend decline simply rests on bad word of mouth; the sequel receiving a back-to-back meh grade from CinemaScore for an MCU movie, B+ to Eternals’ B back in November.
Just that? What about the villificaiton of Scarlet Witch that began with WandaVision and continues here? Surely that's not something to consider? This is but one of the reasons I want nothing to do with these movies. It's not just because, IMO, they're live action films made for people who despise illustrated mediums. It's also because of the corruption heaped upon the source material, entirely at the expense of characters like Wanda, and, lest we forget, her creators, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022 

Marvel's lost the license to publish Conan stories

Coming just a few years after they'd regained a license for publishing new stories based on Robert E. Howard's pulp fantasies, Marvel's now lost the right to continue further, as reported by ComicBook:
The Hyborian Age is coming to an end at the House of Ideas. Monday, Marvel announced Conan the Barbarian will soon leave the Marvel Universe at the conclusion of Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar's King Conan series this July. The last issue will be King Conan #6, bring a definitive end to the character's latest batch of stories at Marvel Comics.

Despite the character's license leaving Marvel, the publisher also announced a new round of collection releases. This fall, Marvel's releasing its sixth volume as part of the Conan the Barbarian Epic Collection, featuring a collection of vintage comics from Roy Thomas, John Buscema, Howard Chaykin, and Gil Kane. Fast forward to December and Marvel is releasing another collection, Conan the Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 10 with a cover from Todd McFarlane.

[...] It's unclear what this means for the character's future in the Savage Avengers title, which is launching its latest volume this Wednesday featuring the Barbarian serves as its anchor character. Malmberg adds that he hopes Heroic and Marvel are able to work out a deal to have the character still appear.
Coming as this news has shortly after Aaron caused a whole embarrassment by caving to a woke mob, one could wonder if the estate controlling the copyrights decided there's a limit to all this. Well, they'd be right on that. Aaron has no business working in this career if he doesn't have the courage to remain true to challenging beliefs. Now, the current Marvel run's ending with a sputter, and it remains to be seen if any publisher who wants to adapt this classic creation for more comic adventures will show some more guts.

As for the Epic Collections Marvel appears to have retained rights to reprint so far, that's something far better, provided it's the 1969-95 tales they're concentrating on at this point. Thomas, Buscema and Kane did far better with Conan during the original run than SJWs like Aaron ever will in a fortnight. And the Avengers crossover isn't worth it with the way Marvel's going now. On that note, Newsarama says:
Interestingly, Marvel's announcement doesn't mention the upcoming volume of Savage Avengers, which kicks off with a new Savage Avengers #1 on May 18. Conan plays a central role in the series as he did its last volume. However, Newsarama has learned that Conan will still play a part in Savage Avengers and Marvel plans to provide more info about that series and Conan's role in it in the coming days.
Forget it, there's just no point bothering, considering what a PC staff Marvel's got running the store. I'm amazed that to date, they never reacquired the license to publish more Red Sonja stories, and probably not Kull the Conqueror stories either, though the former has suffered some harm from PC directions at Dynamite publishing at least a few times, no thanks to Mark Russell, and, lest we forget, whoever the editors/publishers are who agreed to hire him in the first place. Something that would surely happen had Marvel regained a license to the Sonja material too. It'd be interesting to see if whoever gets a license to continue publishing Conan tales will not only be more respectable, but also acquire a license to deal with Red Sonja and Kull to boot. Then, they could really resume any team ups and guest appearances in each other's books in a way that's plausible, and respectable of what the characters were built on. And maybe win over a sizable audience along the way. But better still would be if they'd just shift to a trade-only format going forward, which could improve how storytelling is handled in the future. As I've argued before, the monthly pamphlet format's long gotten way out of hand, and become outmoded.

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Monday, May 16, 2022 

Wash. Post pushes LGBT propaganda in discussion about Scarlet Witch, yet never questions her evil characterization in-movie

The Washington Post is gushing over alleged LGBT fandom for Wanda Maximoff, and the article is predictably a snoozer:
“Wanda tried so hard to be normal,” said Martini, a 40-year-old government contractor and drag performer in La Plata, Md. “I think that’s also just very relatable.”

The Scarlet Witch’s popularity skyrocketed after her 2021 solo television series “WandaVision” — especially among LGBTQ fans. In interviews with The Washington Post, many say that Wanda’s experiences with loss, her nontraditional romance (with an android) and her search for family resonate with their journeys. As she returns in Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” this week, many have hopes and fears about what she’ll face next.

“From a queer and trans lens, when we look at Wanda, we can see ourselves in her story,” said E. Tejada III, a 37-year-old equity and inclusion educator in Burdett, N.Y. Despite her hardships, “you can see that resilience, that she is still very much moving forward.”

“WandaVision” as a whole was a particular landmark for LGBTQ fans. Video essays on their love for the series have garnered thousands of views on YouTube. Articles abounded covering the MCU debut of Wanda’s son Billy, who is gay in the comics. Supporting character Agatha Harkness became not only the subject of a chart-topping song but also a queer icon in her own right.

Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Wanda, told The Post that she hadn’t known about the connection LGBTQ fans have to the character. “That’s really amazing. I think these stories have an impact in a way that … I somehow don’t [realize],” she said. “I’m so inside them that I don’t really get to step outside.”
It's honestly laughable how these ideologues obsessively attach themselves to characters they didn't create, and want to practically remake them according to their own ideologies and practices. So she's important to LGBT activists, but not to say, the Jewish brethren of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, who created her in 1964? Or even to eastern European citizens? We must be truly missing something here. Add to that how they imply being a mutant/possessing science-fantasy powers is literally and solely equivalent with homosexuality, and you have quite a propaganda vehicle going there.
Wanda isn’t any luckier in the comics. Eleven years after her 1964 debut, she marries Vision and has two children, but through both magic and old-fashioned supervillainy she loses her family and her memories of motherhood. When those memories resurface, an outpouring of grief leads Wanda to kill some of her teammates as well as swaths of mutants — a marginalized, superpowered race. The character has been on a long journey of redemption and healing ever since.
This alludes to Avengers: Disassembled and House of M without even clearly mentioning Brian Bendis and other Marvel staff who brewed up those awful stories, nor are any questions asked whether the storyline as first presented in 2004 was written well or not. Nobody even asks if Wanda should've been depicted as a cry-baby in the first place, as was seen back in 1989, when the development of children was reversed, nor whether John Byrne would've done better by having her pull together and get over it, and try to find a way to bear real children for real who could replace the illusions that passed for children instead. Most interesting indeed how that doesn't factor into these discussions.
“She goes through all this trauma,” said Michaela McFarland, a 21-year-old social media content creator in Detroit. “It builds up and it just keeps building where you can relate to her on such a deeper level.”

Wanda does move forward by finding loved ones in superhero teams. But given her past proximity to supervillains in early Marvel comics and her more recent attacks on her teammates and mutants, her allegiance to the good guys is often questioned.
A better idea would be to question why nobody seems disappointed how a character who'd been far from a murderess when she debuted would be reduced to such a repulsive role decades later, nor do they pan Bendis, Joe Quesada, Tom Brevoort and even Dan Buckley for greenlighting such an atrocity. And these are surely the same people who complain about sexism in entertainment. Now, inexplicably, the specific crowd suddenly has no issues when Wanda is depicted as a madwoman in new live action productions. Just what kind of "fans" are these, really?
Joseph Kim, a 24-year-old social media content producer from New York City, said this reminds him of biphobia, transphobia and racism within the LGBTQ community. In Wanda’s story, he said, “you have that same kind of metaphorical gatekeeping of, ‘You are one of us, and yet you’re not one of us.’

Across comics and films, Wanda receives little support from other characters. The MCU portrays her grieving alone, and in the “House of M” comic-book storyline, other characters consider killing Wanda as she experiences a mental health crisis.

For Brandon Bush, a comic book journalist, this absence of support also mirrors systemic injustices. “When you see people like Wanda who aren’t getting the resources that they need, you relate to that because you see your own communities and them not getting the resources that they need,” Bush said.
The absence of objective criticism for the story itself mirrors systemic falsehoods in alleged fans. How come nobody supports improvements in writing quality for a change?
Still, many LGBTQ fans don’t see the kind of representation they want in the MCU generally. Yes, more LGBTQ superheroes — including Wanda’s own children — have graced comic book pages in recent years, and a same-sex relationship shows up on-screen in “The Eternals.” Olsen was excited for the new “Dr. Strange” sequel to introduce superhero America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), who is lesbian in the comics and whose same-sex parents are alluded to briefly in the movie. “We need to reflect the world in these films,” she said. “We have such a platform. To not use it in that way would be foolish.”

But many fans still feel such depictions are too rare. Which is why they fill the gap by reading LGBTQ themes and relationships into Marvel films and series — sometimes in ways that deviate from creators’ visions. In addition to relating to Wanda’s hardships, some viewers interpreted interactions in “WandaVision” between Wanda and Agatha as flirting. In other MCU titles, fans see sparks fly between super-soldier Steve Rogers and his best friend Bucky Barnes. And storylines featuring the X-Men — a superhero team that Wanda fought against in her comic book debut — are widely read as queer allegories. Noticing signs of romance between presumably heterosexual characters who express affection for one another has become crucial to their enjoyment of superhero media, they said.

The portrayal of Wanda’s identity has also faced backlash. In the comics, she was long depicted as Jewish — for decades, her father was believed to be X-Men antihero Magneto, who survived the Holocaust. But Marvel later established that Wanda’s father was someone else, effectively stripping her of her Jewish heritage, which angered some fans. She was also raised by a Romani family, but that has not yet made it into the MCU.

Two LGBTQ Romani fans told The Post that Wanda’s comic book appearances were formative for their love of the medium. But they were less thrilled at certain choices creators made in representing her heritage. Jayjay Colley, a 26-year-old teacher outside Boston, said that associating a Romani character with magic feels as if it is continuing a stereotype, and they have found some past Scarlet Witch costumes offensive. They worry the MCU has simply erased Wanda’s Romani identity out of fear of repeating those tropes.
Hmm, this is quite fascinating. Sounds like some subtle anti-sex propaganda made its way into the narrative, perpetuated by LGBT ideologues, no less, and exactly why is it wrong to depict a Romani character practicing magic? By that logic, even characters of Italian descent like Zatara and Zatanna shouldn't be magicians. Are these really fans, or are they just "public moralists" trying to force their beliefs on somebody else's creations? And contrary to their awkward allusions to publication history, I don't think Wanda and Pietro were ever actually portrayed as Jewish per se so much as they were depicted coming from Romani background. Even Magneto's background may have been simplified as more Romani up till the turn of the century. In any case, it's shameful anybody would hijack Wanda's status for the sake of their own insular ideology.

Since we're on the subject, Bounding Into Comics wrote about the repellent way Wanda's depicted in the Dr. Strange sequel, which is even worse than Avengers: Disassembled and House of M's rendition of her:
Wanda’s appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness consists of two full-hours of her murdering dozens of innocent people – some of them with families – while pointing the finger at others and claiming her actions were justified because others have done bad things as well.

The film and its interpretation are a perfect example of what happens to society when people lose the ability to take responsibility for their actions.
Yes, but the tragedy is that the leftists who made it never crafted it as a mirror in which to view their own sorry state of affairs. If they thought they could get away with it, they'd make Wanda into a metaphor for right-wingers.
In Avengers: Infinity War, Strange explains to Tony Stark that out of millions of outcomes, surrendering the Time Stone to Thanos was the only way that the Avengers would win in the end.

By Strange’s own admission, saving Vision was impossible.

But Wanda refuses to accept this and instead copes with this reality by putting the responsibility of Vision’s death on Strange’s shoulders.

This is poor writing on the film’s part, done only to create an easy justification for the conflict between Strange and Wanda that didn’t really exist before
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One of the biggest complaints with WandaVision was, as mentioned above, the fact that Wanda suffered no consequences for kidnapping and torturing a small town for weeks.

The only way to correct this error was for Wanda to turn full heel and become the bad guy in the story.

While to the film’s credit Wanda does make this turn, audiences are continually asked throughout her villainous journey to hand her an emotional ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ card because – wait for it – she’s been through a lot.
Ahem. On this, there's something totally missed here. Do serious fans of Scarlet Witch want her to be a literal villainess at all? One who practically murders people? As a Wanda fan myself, the firm answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT. I can make similar arguments about Jean Grey of the X-Men: if I'm a fan of the lady first known as Marvel Girl in 1963, why would I approve of turning her into a mass slaughterer of an alien civilization, as seen in 1979-80 during the first half of Chris Claremont's run? Thankfully, that was retconned away a few years later, although what followed with Madelyne Pryor changed into a Goblin Queen as the excuse for phasing her out, was admittedly very awkward. All done because at the time, Jean had to be restored almost immediately to the role of Cyclops' girlfriend, and not be her own agency. What they really should've done was take their time, and if Pryor had to be phased out, they should've just had her dying from cloning materials that weren't holding up well.

And why no consideration Wanda's a Lee/Kirby creation, and it was never their intention to depict her as a murderess as the movie does? Or that such a rendition dishonors the memory of the two famous creators? If I were Lee or Kirby, I'd be outraged.

To make matters worse, Olsen gave an interview to Hollywood Life (also via Bounding Into Comics) where she seems to be claiming that changing Wanda into a slaughterer was "empowering":
Elizabeth admitted that she loved embracing this new side of Wanda in the Doctor Strange sequel. “My goal is to always have her have some sort of evolution, and the evolution in this for me was really empowering,” Elizabeth said. “She has a new kind of confidence that we haven’t seen in 8 years, and she’s really not apologizing for anything. She feels very clear in her beliefs. I find it very admirable, and I enjoyed throwing her into this journey of madness. I think it’s okay to play characters that people get frustrated with sometimes. I enjoy that as an actor.”
A characterization where the lady's turned deadly is "empowering"? See, this is exactly what's wrong with all these pseudo-feminist ideologies these days - they confuse villainy with happiness and success, explaining perfectly why you see lesbian-like characters such as Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy and Destiny/Mystique regarded as admirable figures despite their crime careers, while male homosexuals get law-abiding portrayals far more often. Is this "empowerment" good for matriarchal figures either, if Wanda's role is such? No way.

And lest we forget, why isn't anybody complaining how a reformed crook turned heroine in the comics during the Silver Age is transformed into the role of a lethal villainess in Dr. Strange's film sequel? Obviously, a lot of the people who're supposedly fans of the franchise never actually read the comics, and certainly don't value the characters as storytelling vehicles in the original medium.

Strangely enough, Olsen flip-flopped in another interview with Variety, where the following is told:
What Feige did not reveal — and what Disney carefully obscured in its marketing for the film right up to its release in theaters — is that Wanda doesn’t show up as Strange’s compatriot in “Multiverse of Madness”: She’s the villain.
And that's the problem long before this movie was produced. The TV show was just the beginning. And then, here's the part where Olsen seems to have a different view of how they prepared this junk:
How did it feel to kill all of those characters? I mean, I will never get over the image of you snapping Patrick Stewart’s head.

I — I was — I was also supposed to kill more. I had a hard time with it
. I was like, these are human beings and Wanda is okay with ending their lives? But I just had to buckle down and think all these people are in her way and she’s warned Doctor Strange not to get in her way. And he did. He didn’t listen. And so I just had to go from that point of view.

Was there a scene that you found especially challenging to play?

I think the hardest thing was — I know we’re doing this interview after it’s released, but I still get anxious talking about it without spoilers. But there’s a moment where I have to snap at people I love, and that was a difficult scene. One of the people that I love — the little people that I love — they were throwing things at me in the scene, and accidentally smacked my face really hard. And that was the best reaction. And I felt so bad that I used it as the actor and let it inform how I responded to these people that I love. Because they were terrified after. It really was something I did not enjoy at all, but I knew it’d be good for the scene.
Odd, that sounds different from what she said about the script being "empowering" in the previous interview. If Wanda's depicted slaughtering shiploads of innocent people, that's abominable, and the way the movie goes about all this, it's exceedingly hard to excuse it, even if Wanda may resurrect the dead bodies by the end. If anything, this screenplay is just insulting to the intellect. I so do not want to watch these overrated movies, which, IMO, even follow a stereotype of making a hot woman into somebody you can't admire.

It's most truly disappointing how questions whether it's in good taste to depict a character like Wanda Maximoff in such a vile way are being ignored here, as is whether this does a service to the memory of Lee/Kirby. Which it most absolutely doesn't do at all. This new Dr. Strange movie is one of the worst examples of where things are going now that Feige's in charge of it.

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Superboy #26 from 1996 has a letter written by one of comicdom's worst scriptwriters

I have in my collection a copy of the 26th issue of the Superboy series from 1994-2002, and in the letter pages at the back, there's a letter written by who appears to be Geoff Johns, at least 2 years prior to becoming one of the most insufferable writers at DC/Marvel:
And it seems Johns was heaping praise all over a former DC editor, Eddie Berganza, who later embarrassed himself by committing sexual misconduct, and was finally fired 5 years ago from their employment after years of ignorance from the upper echelons, not the least being Johns himself, seeing as even he did nothing to ensure Berganza would face consequence for his offensive actions. Men like Berganza are part of the reason why comicdom's gotten to such a dire state where political correctness reins supreme. And Johns claimed Berganza "knows Superboy's character to a T"? I think not. He certainly didn't know how to be a gentleman to a T, and one can only wonder what Johns thinks of Berganza now, 5 years after he was dismissed.

As I've stated before, I believe Johns was one of the worst omens to befall comicdom over the past quarter century. And his letters to the editor, including the above example, are decidedly little more than the product of somebody who had no sense of rationale in writing, resulting years later in grimy stories that don't hold up well in retrospect. Why, if memory serves, didn't Johns later follow up on what he suggested in his letter, by establishing this Superboy as a clone of Lex Luthor during his Teen Titans run? That, of course, led to nowhere inspiring.

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